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Graduate School of Professional Psychology

MA Forensic Psychology

The Master of Arts in forensic psychology was first offered at the GSPP in 1999 in response to the growing interest in the rapidly developing field of forensic psychology. The degree supplements fundamental master's level clinical psychology training with course work and practicum experiences in the area of psychology and law. The Masters Degree in forensic psychology concerns the application of psychological theory, knowledge, skills and competencies to the civil and criminal justice systems. It is designed to train students to become mental health professionals, able to work in a variety of clinical settings within the criminal and civil legal system, including but not limited to: adult, juvenile and child populations; victim assistance; police consultation; correctional institutions; domestic violence and child abuse programs; and trial consulting.


Welcome! Thank you for your interest in our Master's in Forensic Psychology (MAFP) program at the University of Denver. I welcome the opportunity to interact with you through this brief glimpse into our program, and invite you to continue the dialogue through email, phone, or visiting us in Denver. As will become clear as you review our website, the MAFP program has many strengths, of which we are incredibly proud. I invite you to become a member of our MAFP family!

Lavita Nadkarni, Ph.D.
Director of Forensic Studies

We invite you to contact us at any time with questions or for more information [email protected] or 303-871-2908.

  • Our curriculum and practicum experiences are extensive and comprehensive, in that all our courses are forensically-based and our students are engaged in direct service through the course of their two years in the program.
  • Our core and adjunct faculty members offer our students and program expertise in the psychology and law fields. They are an extremely accomplished group of practitioners, scholars, researchers, presenters, and most importantly, educators.
  • Our students are motivated and invested in their education, and are actively engaged in their training.
  • Our emphasis is on diversity and inclusiveness, infused throughout the curriculum, competency exam, and field placement experiences.
  • Our alumni have secured entry into doctoral programs at a rate of 29% and have entered the workforce at a rate of 71%—in correctional settings, outpatient treatment or community mental health settings, law firms, government positions (law enforcement, courts, district attorney's offices, probation), or through starting their own businesses/clinics. Overall, they are engaged in contributing to the common good.
  • Our alumni have conveyed to us that they have felt incredibly mentored and supported by the program.


Our mission is to provide comprehensive education and training relevant to the application of psychological theory, knowledge, skills, and competencies to the civil and criminal justice systems.